Portsmouth Man Gets 17 Years in Prison for Killing Boyfriend

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Portsmouth man will serve 17 years behind bars after killing his boyfriend and living with the body for more than a day.

Media outlets report 49-year-old Wayne McClellan was sentenced Monday to 40 years in prison with 23 years suspended in 53-year-old John Craig’s death.

McClellan, who was originally charged with first-degree murder, robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, is accused of killing Craig on Oct. 2, hiding his body in a bedroom closet and robbing a Rite Aid Pharmacy the next day. Police discovered Craig’s body on Oct. 4.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1XU4ZCm) that under a plea agreement, McClellan pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and the firearm charge was dismissed.

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